This ROS package called Baxter Tasker is intended for the Baxter Research Robot from Rethink Robotics. It has been created by Generation Robots, official distributor of Baxter in Europe. This ROS package offers an interface on both the controlling computer and on the robot. In particular this interface is designed to help users to setup a simple pick and place behavior, and automatically generate the corresponding Python code. Simple behaviors can be directly learned on the robot, whereas more complex behaviors have to be programmed in Python.
Who is it for?
This software it suited for Python developers who are new to Baxter, even if you already have experience in Python. There are a lot of tools to show how the stuff and access to the robot works. In this term the interface allows a quick start into the subject of the Baxter Research Robot.
What does it do?
This software gives a general overview of Baxter's capabilities. There a lot of useful classes in Python that show the usage of the sensor data and how to control the robot. The basic interface uses
- the display,
- the buttons,
- the cameras,
- the arms,
- the infrared distance sensors,
- the leds and
- the sonar sensors.
There are also procedures to save trajectories and information about the environment. For advanced programmers, there are two classes where new functions could be added, which are automatically added to the graphical user interface. The classes offer an easy access to all of the robot's hardware.
What was used?
The Baxter Tasker is made for Python 2.7 with ROS Groovy/Hydro that uses the catkin builder. The current baxter-sdk is >=0.7.0 and it is tested on 32 and 64 bit systems. There is also an optional but recommended package called MoveIt, which was used to create a virtual scene around baxter. In this virtual scene, MoveIt! allows collision free planning options. Please read the included documenation, after you downloaded this software.
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